Oct. 23, 2011
BISHOP, Ga. - No. 4 Georgia continued its winning ways with a 16-4 win over No. 9 Texas Christian on Sunday morning at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga. The Bulldogs improved to 2-1 on the season, while TCU dropped to 0-5 this season.
Georgia swept the Horned Frogs 10-0 on the English side, with Abby O'Mara and Carly Anthony taking home MVP honors with scores of 85 and 82, in equitation over fences and equitation on the flat, respectively. On the Western side, Georgia edged TCU 3-2 in both horsemanship and reining. TCU's Alexie Estrada was named the MVP in horsemanship with a score of 77, while Georgia's Becca Haaland scored a 78.5 for MVP honors in reining.
"Today was a great day, I really felt like we built off of the success of yesterday," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "Everyone felt empowered and rode stronger because of that. The riders had a lot of confidence in the second day of riding at home, and it resulted in incredible scores. We earned three MVP honors, but I think the judges probably had a hard time selecting them, because there were so many great rides."
Georgia continued its success in equitation over fences, sweeping TCU 5-0 in the event. Isabel Jolicoeur earned the first point of the day, outscoring TCU's Gabbi Langston 83-70. Michelle Morris handed Haley Jacobi an 80-69 defeat for the second point. Carly Anthony followed with a score of 77, while Olivia Dorey rode to a score of 82. O'Mara rounded out the event with an 85-40 win over Caitlin Ader.
The Bulldogs were just as dominant in equitation on the flat, handing the Horned Frogs a 5-0 loss. Dorey got things started with a 79-66 win over Langston before Caitlin Francis tallied 67 points to defeat Kaitlin Perry. O'Mara won her second point of the day with a 68-63 win over Ader. Melanie Carraway followed with a 73-63 win over Jacobi, while Anthony finished with an 82-65 win over Callie Selchau.
In horsemanship, Georgia edged TCU 3-2, with Megan Hawkins, Maria Salazar and Sara Parr scoring winning rides. Hawkins grabbed the first point of the event, outscoring Courtney Chown 75-74.5 TCU earned the next two points, taking a 2-1 lead over the Bulldogs. Salazar tied the score at two by defeating Samantha Bayer 75-72.5. With the score knotted at two, Parr clinched the event for Georgia with a 75.5-71.5 win over Lyndsi Hardin.
The Bulldogs grabbed a 3-2 win in reining with the help of winning rides by Jackie Hoyt, Haaland and McKenzie Lantz. TCU opened with a 1-0 lead before Hoyt scored a 72.5 to tie the score at one. Kolby Simonson broke the tie and gave the Horned Frogs a 2-1 lead. Haaland answered with a 78.5-74.5 win over Katie Gray that tied the score at two. Lantz came through for the Bulldogs in the last ride of the day, scoring a 77 to seal the 3-2 win for Georgia.
"It was great to welcome [TCU coach] Logan Fiorentino back to Georgia," added Boenig. "I think she is building an incredible team that rode really well today. I think we will continue to see a lot of great things from TCU in the future."
The Bulldogs return to the ring on November 4, when they travel to Blythewood, S.C., to take on third-ranked South Carolina.